This picture says it all. Last week was crazy busy. We’re literally sleeping wherever we can find a clear spot. A few more days and I promise I’ll be back to my normal schedule.
with this Burlap Pillow Cover
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One more new feature this week. We’re starting a new social media link up. Add your Pinterest link and make new friends. Don’t forget to come back and add two other bloggers who linked up too.
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I’m taking a break from 5 for Five this week. I have something bigger to talk about than how I did or didn’t meet my goals. And in some ways this post reflects how what’s been on my mind affected my dedication to date.
In short, it’s time to open the blog to newer horizons. (Thanks to Miss Kris for her post that pushed me over the edge)
I started blogging on MySpace (yes, it’s been THAT long) because I needed a way to get things out of my head without really getting the ‘fix it’ advice from people I knew. That evolved into funny stories about life being a single mom. I stopped blogging for a few years and then realized that I really loved cooking and making things so started up again with recipes and DIY projects. I knew at some point the blog’s focus would change, but I never really thought about how I’d handle it. Now that it’s here, it kinda scares my panties off. On the one hand, I’m happy that in just over six months, I went from my 12 friends and family members to close to 800 subscribers. I attribute that to posting on link parties and word-of-mouth and I really thank each and every one of you for reading, commenting and coming back.
On the other hand, there are several issues that have been at the front of mind, nagging me to be addressed. Blogographically speaking, I feel a little like a fish out of water. Generally, I find that most of the people I’ve connected with are mom bloggers (something I’ve never aspired to be since I’m a tad above passing in the mom category) or project-oriented (which is not what I want to focus on all the time). It’s been leaving me feeling trapped and boxed in.
Since I am not a fan of boxes, I decided to just go with what’s on my mind. Yes, I will still do recipe and DIY posts, but I am also expanding to include what’s going on in my head regarding life in all its glory. And since I chose the moniker Honesty’s Protégée, I think it’s only fitting that I stick to learning to be honest and open with you about who I am, what I’m doing and where I’m going.
I hope you’ll continue to stop by and say hello, leave a comment and hopefully get to know a little more about who I am.
I know it’s Valentine’s Day, but instead of focusing on The Hero, I decided to write about the other important people in my life: my friends.
This week’s Finish the Sentence Friday prompt (“I was found guilty”) goes hand in hand with a friend survey I sent out to a group of people who consisted of people I wanted to get to know better, ones I’d lost contact with and the ones I felt that maybe I hadn’t given enough attention.
The friend survey came about one day when I was sitting around just thinking. I can’t remember the specific train of thought, but I’m always inspired by The Hero’s friendships. I’m usually jealous (is that the nicer word?) of his relationships, but this time I came to another conclusion: I was found guilty of not being the best friend I could be according to my own personal assessment.
I decided to take action. See, I like analyzing things and in order to analyze, I need data. When I thought about the people on my list, I realized that for whatever reason, I never really asked them what constituted being a good friend in their opinion. So I sat down and created a survey.
The survey served two purposes: open the lines of communication and see if the other person had the same desire to foster the relationship that I did. In my mind, filling out the survey or responding in some other way showed interest. No response meant that it wasn’t on the other person’s radar. No time for that in my life.
I sent out an email hoping everyone would respond, but knowing that some wouldn’t. I also asked everyone to be honest, expecting the worst, but hoping for the best. If you’ve never done a friend survey, you should definitely consider it. And if you ask for honest, be ready for any response.
The responses were awesome and eye-opening. My friends run the spectrum from serious extroverts to serious introverts so it was interesting to see how each person responded according to their personality and how they perceived mine. To keep this post short and sweet, here’s a link to the Friend Survey and the Friend Survey Results of the super fantastic 12 respondents.
So on the day celebrated for love, make a friend’s day and tell them how much they mean to you. Better yet, go get them a nice, chocolatey cupcake with chocolate fudge frosting. Then hop on over to the Finish the Sentence Friday link party and see what guilty people are hanging out this week.
Welcome to Week 12! A few announcements. First of all, Rebecca left the link party, but in her place we now have Jessie from Life as Mrs. Larson. Be sure to stop over and get to know her.
Secondly, we are going to change some things. Starting next week, the link with the most clicks will have the opportunity to host with us the following week. We will still have the regular features as well.
We are also going to add a social media link-up so that we can all get to know each other a little better! Make sure to come back and spread the word.
And now… this week’s features!
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So one week into February and while I didn’t really do everything I said, I am okay with what progress I did make because some good solutions came from it. To recap, here are my five goals:
Work out 3 times a week – epic fail
I did no workouts unless you count all the walking I do at work. On a good day, I walk about 5,000 steps a day at work. On a regular day, 3,000. Three days last week, I wasn’t in the office and got lost every time I had to go somewhere. Add an extra 1,000 steps per day and I’d say that I was constantly working out at low intensity. The walking… sheesh!
This coming week, I’m going to start with some kind of toning twice this week and yoga once. With all the snow and cold, I’m just not in the mind to do cardio. At. all.
Live in the moment – winning!
I got so good at this, that I would sometimes forget to keep my appointments. Totally okay with it too. I found myself happier and less stressed out when I stopped and took a minute to focus on what was happening at that exact moment and prioritize my time. That resulted in NO runs for comfort food all week. I think that’s a double win.
Get my nails healthy – slight win
I gave myself a full manicure seven days ago. My cuticles feel a lot better, but my polish saw better days (like… Tuesday). Minus the chipped polish, I didn’t peel my nails off or make things worse. Yay!
Fast – F.A.I.L.
Oh. I don’t even want to tell you how badly I failed at this. I literally woke up Monday, and at an orange and banana, so I revised the fast to only fruits until 2 p.m. and then vegetables after 2 p.m. Then I had an apple at 3, so I said fruits and vegetables all day. Then I had chicken wings and realized that fasting is only for me when I need to have a medical procedure. Not really, but five days for a girl who enjoys food was a little extreme. So I’m going to try a new approach: meal planning. I had my best success with getting a handle on my eating habits when I had a plan. With that plan in place, I expect to have a better report next week.
Detox – possible win
Well considering I technically have 9 hours and six minutes to take a detox bath, I can’t say that this is a fail. I have big plans to do it. Big plans. Soon as I take The Kid home.
To find more inspiration, head on over to Party of One and see how everyone else is coming along with their goals.
Okay… so not really a plethora, but I did finish three easy ones in about 90 minutes (including taking the photos). Each one came from an existing piece of jewelry or something I had on hand.
The first necklace was a pin I scored at the Dress for Success bag sale in November. I had big, big plans to start wearing pins, but after unsuccessfully realizing that I couldn’t pin them straight or figure out when to put the pins on and when to leave them off, I decided I’m good at necklaces. So… I broke the pin back off, put a couple of holes in the earring and added chain and a clasp. New necklace I love. Boom!
The Earring Turned Bracelet Turned Necklace
The second necklace was an earring that I tried to make into a bracelet. Seems I didn’t use the right adhesive because after I got home from work, one of the earrings fell off. Seeing as I had already used a bunch of different glues on the bracelet, I decided to repurpose part of it rather than try to repair it. After taking inventory of my necklace stash, I discovered I could really use a black necklace with gold chain. A little Sephora black polish, more holes and gold chain and I’ve got a new necklace I love.
The Hot Glue Necklace
At one point in my creative life, I was ALLL about making beads with clay. I invested in some molds, a pasta machine (for conditioning the clay) and a bevy of other tools to make my own creations. In the past year or so, I’ve gotten away from that; however, I still have all the supplies. One night, I decided to see if I could make a pendant with nothing but hot glue and a mold. After generously oiling one of the molds, I filled it with glue and came out with something workable. Add some more black nail polish, gold paint and the last of my gold chain and I came out with a cute, casual necklace.
All three of these took less than an hour to make. It’s always great to create new pieces from old items.